Bell rallies England with century
Ian Bell cracked a solid 115 not out to lead England’s fightback on
the third day of the second and final Test against Bangladesh on Monday
in Dhaka. He hit one six and 12 fours in his 10th Test century as
England reached 372-5 in their first innings at tea in reply to
Bangladesh’s 419. The tourists were struggling at 174-4 early in the day
before Bell came to his team’s rescue with a 98-run stand for the fifth
wicket with Matt Prior (62) and 100 for the unfinished sixth with Tim
Bresnan (45 not out).
Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan put pressure on England after
dismissing Jonathan Trott and wicket-keeper Prior in the morning, but
Bell and Bresnan denied the hosts success in the second session.
Bell, unbeaten on 25 overnight, hoisted left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak
for a straight six and later cut seamer Rubel Hossain for a four to
reach his century in the afternoon session.
Bangladesh were unlucky not the get the wickets of Prior and Bresnan
early in the batsmen’s innings.
Prior was on nine when he survived a confident appeal for leg-before
off Rubel, although TV replays suggested the ball would have hit the
Bangladesh’s appeal for a catch against Bresnan was also turned down
but TV replays suggested the batsman inside-edged a Shakib delivery on
to his pad before being caught at silly-point when on five.
Prior and Bresnan both went on to play crucial knocks and ease
pressure on their team.
The England wicket-keeper hit nine fours in his 13th Test
half-century before he was bowled by Shakib, missing the line after
stepping out to play a big shot.
Bell completed his half-century when he took 10 runs, including two
fours, in an over from Razzak, opening the attack with the second new
England suffered a setback in the morning’s third over when makeshift
opener Trott was bowled by Shakib at his overnight score of 64, the ball
hitting the pad and elbow before rolling on to the stumps.
Prior executed some handsome shots in an 89-ball knock, driving
seamer Shafiul Islam for two successive fours before pulling off-spinner
Mohammad Mahmudullah for a boundary to reach his half-century.
England lead 1-0 in the series following their 181-run victory in the
opening Test in Chittagong.
1ST INNINGS 419
A. Cook c Kayes b Razzak 21
J. Trott b Shakib 64
K. Pietersen c Kayes b Shakib 45
P. Collingwood lbw b Rubel 0
I. Bell not out 115
M. Prior b Shakib 62
T. Bresnan not out 45
Extras(b5, lb10, nb5) 20
Total (for five wickets; 127 overs) 372
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Cook), 2-105 (Pietersen), 3-107 (Collingwood), 4-174 (Trott), 5-272 (Prior).
Bowling: Shafiul 9-2-28-0, Razzak 35-7-121-1, Shakib 44-21-76-3, Mahmudullah 12-2-32-0,
Rubel 19-3-67-1 (nb5), Naeem 7-0-29-0, Tamim 1-0-4-0.